State police, with the help of a trusty K9, said they rescued a missing woman overnight by pulling her from frigid waters in Ellington.
Caroline Boudle, 55, was found just off of Route 30 early Thursday morning after a five hour search.
Troopers said the temperatures, which were in the 20s, were part of the reason they were concerned about finding the woman. They said she also had an unspecified medical condition.
They said they launched a full-on search. A silver alert was issued.
They also sent out text alerts to residents in a 5 mile radius of Eaton Road and asked them to keep an eye out.
"Your heart kind of goes [and] pounds, 'whats going on?'" said Kathy Dagon of Ellington. "I fell back asleep. Ten minutes later I got another one."
Dagon foresaw a sleepy work day ahead of her after being woken up three times by the alerts.
"To know that somebody's missing and it's that cold outside, and what their family must be going through, it keeps you awake, and you're kind of wide awake at that point," she said.
Boudle was last seen walking on Route 30 around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. She had left her home in Tolland on foot.
"It just increases the sense of urgency," said Trooper Anthony Christy, Connecticut State Police.
Around 3 a.m. on Thursday, Christy and his K9 Axle noticed footprints in the snow near a shoulder of Stafford Road. They led into a wooded area south of the Route 140 intersection in Ellington.
"[Axle] went into the woods about 80 yards and we saw that she had fallen through some thin ice and she was in a small body of water," Christy said. "So we called it in to start an ambulance right away, and myself and another trooper picked her up and carried her out."
Boudle was about 3 miles away from her Tolland home. It appeared that she wandered on to some snow-covered water in a swampy area and got her legs stuck.
Axle's handler said the dog spotted a small spot in the snow and took off. Christy said the dog likely saved her life because if they hadn't found her when they did, she likely wouldn't have made it through the night.
"[You] cant stop until you find the person," Christy said.
Troopers said she suffered from hypothermic conditions and was eventually taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
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